Kevin Durant's Biggest Moments Of His MVP-Winning NBA Finals

Warriors well-stocked and appear on their way to a long dynasty

Kevin Durant's Biggest Moments Of His MVP-Winning NBA Finals

Game 4, apart from being utter insanity, was a dominant performance from Cleveland, and the team showed they can be just as unstoppable as the Warriors at their best.

But it's also true that the Cavs were the better team through Game 3 and 4, and were unfortunate to come back to Oakland in a 3-1 series.

Are the Warriors going to win their second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons tonight?

Some variation of those words was written or uttered somewhere nearly one year ago.

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates in the final moments of their 129-120 win in Game 5 over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.

The Cavaliers like to play a more rugged game using the size and strength of James, Love and Tristan Thompson to their advantage. So they have the Warriors right where they want them, right?

"We were able to get them previous year, and they went out and got one of the best players that this league has ever seen", James said. "We were really good tonight". And so we look forward to the challenge and the matchup.

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Golden State enters Game 5 as an 8.5-point favorite against Cleveland in what could be the series' deciding game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers face the Warriors Monday night to determine if the series continues or not.

The Cavaliers aren't going down in Game 5 of the NBA Finals without a fight.

It's damn near impossible to guard a team with Curry, Durant, Thompson and Green on the floor. Would the Oklahoma City Thunder have supplanted them as the Western Conference kings, a scenario that looked so possible when they took the Warriors to seven games in the conference finals a year ago? We even got to see Durant at center for a short stint.

"But we're champions and it's fantastic doing it on our home court".

In 2017 the Warriors set a record by winning their first 15 games of the playoffs, one win short of an unprecedented ideal postseason run.

They lost the fourth game in Cleveland but won the decisive match after coming back from an eight-point deficit.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr said falling behind decisively early made it tough to free up shots for Curry.

Tight whistle in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Maybe he will, I don't know. And we're going to do it again.

Asked if maybe Green has been forcing it, Kerr acknowledged he is.

Golden State answered with a game-turning 27-4 run, slam dunks by Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green and three Durant 3-pointers spicing the spurt that produced a 60-45 Warriors lead. In game 4, Green, Curry, and Thompson combined for 43 points on 14-of-40 shooting.

In other words, they held the crap out of him off ball. He is the first player to ever average more than 30 points per game in the Finals on better than 50 percent shooting from both the field, 47 percent from the three-point line, and 90 percent shooting from the foul line.

"They're going to view this as a game seven situation", Cleveland's Richard Jefferson said. "It's a team sport and I wanted to achieve the highest honor, which is win a championship".

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